This simple, hands-on activity gives students practice in identifying function in the biological world and relating it to human design challenges.

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What makes biomimicry possible is that both biology and human design have a concept in common—that concept is function. For example, a tree must manage to stay upright and so does a skyscraper. This is a simple, hands-on activity that gives students practice in identifying function in the biological world and relating it to human design challenges. This activity can be done with almost any age group irrespective of their level of biological knowledge. The activity builds on the “Seeing” Function activity.

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Objectives

  • Students can identify biological functions evident in different organisms.

  • Students can relate the biological functions they’ve identified to human challenges in design and technology.

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